Those who care about human rights and environmental consciousness are often brushed off as bleeding hearts who do not fully understand what is actually going on.
Repeatedly those who truly believe climate change is a hoax have challenged my ideas. And while I debate with the latest facts and data, I cannot seem to help people understand that just because they saw snow the other day does not mean climate change isn’t happening.
Climate change is not just comprised of the Earth’s rising temperatures. It is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns. Which means, weather patterns are doing things they do not normally do. It is a very simple idea with very catastrophic meaning.
One argument against climate change is that we simply don’t have enough data of Earth’s weather patterns over thousands of years to determine if this is normal or not.
However, we do, those with this argument are ignoring the facts.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has performed extensive research on our planet and is a credible source for information on this topic.
On their website, NASA states, “Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization.”
They acknowledge that there has been this pattern of advance and retreat. However, that just further proves why it is a problem now. Since 1950, there has never been as much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere as there is now.
This significant increase, which can only be attributed to human activity, has trapped heat in Earth’s atmosphere by creating a blanket of gas over the planet. Heat comes in from the sun’s rays, and then cannot escape the thick layer of CO2.
The evidence of this warming are impossible to ignore, unless you just chose not to believe numbers backed by almost every scientist in the world.
NASA writes that the Global sea level has risen roughly 6.7 inches in the past century; however, that rate has doubled in just the last decade.
The ocean has also become more acidic due to the increased levels of CO2. The number of extreme weather events has increased; we have witnessed glacial retreats, and a rise in the global surface temperature with most of the warming
happening in the past 35 years.
And if that wasn’t enough to inspire you to be green, the Antarctic is rapidly decreasing in size.
One of the ice shelves, Larson C, has been cracking off of the continent. The crack, over 100 miles long and 2 miles wide in some areas, will soon travel the remaining 20 miles of the shelf, resulting in the largest iceberg ever recorded.
“Ice shelves, which form through runoff from glaciers, float in water and provide structural support to the glaciers that rest on land. When an ice shelf collapses, the glaciers behind it can accelerate toward the ocean,” writes New York Times reporter, Jugal K. Patel.
The glaciers that will be released may melt when they are released into the warming ocean, causing the ocean levels to rise.
The Larsen C ice shelf breaking off will also result in the Antarctic reaching record low size. Larsen shelves A and B have already disappeared. The loss of this ice shelf will leave more pieces of Antarctica vulnerable.
This along with glacial retreat that has been seen worldwide is concrete evidence that humans need to change the way they do things. It is a time to be more environmentally conscious so we can invest in our planet’s future.
Nevertheless, President Donald Trump disagrees. Trump has stated climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. He believes that America’s environmental regulations are hurting our businesses and are overall unnecessary.
Though he has come out and said he disagrees with 97 percent of scientists on the matter he still claims to have an open mind about the topic, “I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.”
Trump wishes to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or have research done by the organization go through review by politicians before reaching the general public.
This is probably to keep as much information about the state of our Earth from us as possible while he tries to revive the coal industry, which would be detrimental to the environment.
Not only will this affect Americans, but the rest of the world’s citizens will be forced to feel the effects as well. Climate change is a global issue, and denying it so that American businesses can have an easier time pumping pollution into the air and water is extremely selfish.
This is a problem bigger than us.
While we can recycle and ride the bike to work, it is not enough to make the significant difference we need to save our planet.
We need the government to step in and provide funding for organizations dedicated to the research and mitigation of climate change.
During Trump’s presidency, we will not see that happening.
The only option left to us is to make sure our representatives share our views on the importance of environmental protection.
Make sure you are an informed voter and while it may not make a huge difference everything you do in your home to reduce your carbon footprint has an effect on the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.